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Governor's Executive Order 21-3 on Climate - Shared screen with speaker view
Charles Rothenberger
31:01
Will this preclude the adoption of weakening amendments to the ICC model Code by the Codes and Standards Committee?
Christine O'Neill
31:28
"Train code officials" - does this mean at the state level, or will local code officials also be trained?
Kristin Cianflone
31:43
Correct.
Robert Maddox
31:53
will that also apply to UCONN, state colleges?
Alicia Dolce
32:04
Relative to the goal to “continue recruitment of members with expertise in these areas” for the Code & Standards committee: How will recruitment for experts be handled?
Peter Schweinfurth
32:11
I heard that IECC 2021 was adopted unamended and will become the official CT building code in October. Is that correct?
Diane Hoffman
32:12
Will you be offering training to local zoning officials?
Gannon Long
32:22
how close is the state of CT to that 100% zero carbon purchase and generation goal by 2030?
Gannon Long
33:05
Is there a transition plan for medium and heavy duty state vehicles - these do more damage to roads and air than light duty (generally)
Francis Pickering
33:21
Will lenders factor lower utility costs resulting from new building codes into mortgage financing (thus allowing larger monthly payments, which can cover the higher upfront cost of energy efficiency?)
Alicia Dolce
33:27
What resources does DEEP have to train new and existing code officials on construction techniques that lower emissions? Is DEEP looking for partners to realize this goal?
Gannon Long
34:18
Plans due in 2023, excellent - is there a deadline or goal for plan implementation?
Rose Croog
35:20
Robert Maddox, GreenerGov targets apply to Executive Branch only (so not higher education institutions like UConn) but UConn has various established sustainability commitments (see https://sustainability.uconn.edu/reports/). UConn is also a voluntary participant of the GreenerGov CT Steering Committee on State Sustainability.
Matthew Plourd
35:28
RE: Section 3 - Where can we access the methodology that resulted in those 1 & 2% divestment figures?
Robert Maddox
35:29
For #4, is that piggy backing on California rules?
Melissa Kops
35:30
Will state deployed solar installation be made available as community solar for affordable housing?
Susan Masino
35:40
In deploying solar on "state property" are you intending this to be buildings, parking lots, etc?
Gannon Long
35:57
Great question Matt Plourd
Eric Hammerling
36:12
In Section 3, what do you mean by "divest" 1% & 2% of building square footage? Will it be conveyed or converted to private ownership, or be put out of action?
Julia Dumaine
36:26
@Robert Maddox, we are considering products that have existing standards developed by other states, like CA, or ENERGY STAR standards.
John DiModica
36:54
very little info related to this in the GreenerGovCT webpage??
John DiModica
36:56
https://portal.ct.gov/GreenerGov
Gannon Long
37:18
Great question Eric re: divestment
Susan Masino
37:30
Can divested property across the state be retrofit to become affordable housing?
Rose Croog
39:29
Gannon Long, at this time, electricity purchased for state executive branch currently does not exceed the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (https://portal.ct.gov/PURA/RPS/Renewable-Portfolio-Standards-Overview). However, planning is underway to meet the target established in the new climate EO.
Cassaundra Rose, ME Gov. Office of Policy Innovation & Future
40:19
How are you defining vulnerable populations?
Randall Anway
40:41
How/where are nature-based solutions defined?
Christine O'Neill
40:52
Would "vulnerable populations" equate to EJ communities?
Gannon Long
40:55
Thank you Rose - I'm vaguely familiar with the RPS - wondering if we are now at like, 10%, 40%, or...? do we know? Or is the methodology still being developed?
Rose Croog
41:19
Reporting on progress towards the GreenerGov CT interim targets will be integrated into future progress reports. (Available here - https://portal.ct.gov/GreenerGov/Progress/Reports). 2022 Progress report will be released in Q122!
Angel Serrano
41:28
Is it true that a marketing company got funds. Why?
Jean de Smet
41:33
Is there a deadline for the CCCRP?
Ralph Jones
42:29
Placing solar on available state lands makes sense as long as that does not mean extensive removing of trees and other natural carbon storage environment care. Is this part of the planning?
Rose Croog
42:30
Gannon, about 30%. More information here - https://portal.ct.gov/PURA/RPS/Renewable-Portfolio-Standards-Overview
Alanis Allen
42:56
Register for CIRCA's 2022 Municipal Resilience Grant Program Overview on Friday, January 7, 2022, 12 – 1 PM https://departmentofenergyandenvironmentalprotection.cmail20.com/t/j-l-zjuydkd-ittujujltk-p/
Gannon Long
43:05
thank you Rose!
Rick Newton
43:08
Will CIRCA revisit the 20” SLR guidance given that there is probably more up to date information to provide a better forecast?
Jeff Howard (CT DEEP)
44:22
CIRCA plans to periodically revisit the Sea Level Rise forecast and issue new guidance as needed.
Eric Hammerling
44:36
Randall, "nature-based solutions" is defined in section 9C of the E.O. as follows: "Funding shall be made available for design of nature-based solutions (which for purposes of this order shall include but not be limited to green infrastructure as defined by the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. § 1362(27)), natural infrastructure and nature-based infrastructure as defined by the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration ("NOAA") in NAO 216-117, nature-based solutions as promulgated by FEMA in their Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communitiesprogram, and climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategies as promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") and for flood prevention, climate resilience and erosion control systems as defined by Public Act 21-115, gray infrastructure, and non-structural, project solutions."
Julia Dumaine
45:18
@Gannon Long, PURA has an annual docket dedicated to reviewing and verifying all electric suppliers compliance with the RPS in that year. If a supplier falls short of their Class I/II/III requirements, they are required to pay an alternative compliance payment. You can see the 2020 RPS compliance filings in PURA docket 21-06-01
Randall Anway
45:21
Thanks
Ramadan Gherri
45:23
Our company provides turn-key energy efficiency services (energy audits/implementation of measures) to the small commercial and industrial customers. To get incentives for the EnergizeCT programs to help customers, financially replace old inefficient equipment (HVAC, motors, etc.) to a more energy efficient equipment we must exceed the codes. So as the state buildings codes increase so is the loss of incentives for many of the customers we work with. This makes it very challenges for us to convince customers to move forward with many of the measures that if the incaves are provided, the customers would more likely implement the measures. The utilities are stating that it is state who is deciding these rules. We are asking that the incentives be provided to any equipment for any equipment that MEET or exceed the state codes not only equipment that exceed the state codes. Thank you.
Katie Lund
45:47
Information on CIRCA’s Municipal Resilience Grant Program and registration for the webinar this Friday, Jan 7th can be found here: https://circa.uconn.edu/funds-muni-2/
Gannon Long
45:50
Stormwater investment is important - hopefully this work leads to consolidation of water services in the state, which has almost 500 separate water management entities; median customer base about 150 people (CT Examiner, Feb 2021)
Christine O'Neill
45:54
Love to hear that we are investing in our culverts! Housatonic Valley Association has done some great work on this with their Road Stream Crossing Assessments for several towns throughout CT. This has a dual benefit of climate resilience but also connectivity among ecosystems and aquatic habitat.
Rep David Michel (146th) Stamford
46:39
https://coast.noaa.gov/slr/
Gannon Long
48:02
Julia - thanks, I was asking how far along the exec branch currently is on the 100% renewables goal. Rose responded about 30%.
Melissa Kops
48:11
Was there any discussion about implementing indoor air quality standards?
Rose Croog
48:35
RE: Section 3 - Where can we access the methodology that resulted in those 1 & 2% divestment figures? Based on the latest record from January 2021, Executive Branch agencies own roughly 30 million square feet. Proposed OPM state asset liquidation plans include divesting approximately 8 buildings over the next 5-7 years totaling around 600,000 square feet as teleworking trends and social distancing requirements play out. OPM anticipates achieving up to 3-4 building divestments in two years with the additional 4-5 building divestments in closer to 7 years.To create a conservative interpretation of these plans, GreenerGov CT used a ~1% divestment in state building square footage by 2022 compared to the FY19 square footage baseline and a ~2% divestment in overall state building square footage by 2028.
Rose Croog
50:18
Q: Plans due in 2023, excellent - is there a deadline or goal for plan implementation? A: at this time, no, but that will be a major component of what the plans establish.
Melissa Kops
50:52
Does climate control mean HVAC systems prioritizing heat pumps?
Gannon Long
51:40
Are there particular "lessons from ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery" that are relevant with goal 16?
Susan Masino
51:46
The issue of mental health was also featured in the Science and Technology working group report. It is caused/worsened by air pollution and heat stress (among many, many other things). We have a serious and escalating issue across the state and need every available tool for prevention. Several opportunities for prevention were outlined in our report.
Melissa Kops
52:30
Air pollution also directly affects mental health.
Bernard Pelletier
52:41
Central Air should only be replaced by Heat Pumps - little extra cost and substantial heating capability. With proper controls you can switch between legacy heating and heat pumps seamlessly.
Susan Masino
53:42
100% Melissa and also correlated with poor cognition, dementia etc.
Gannon Long
53:49
Why are the environmental justice representatives on the board a minority of membership?
Matthew Plourd
53:55
RE: S17, on CEEJAC membership: does the EO suggest that the three representative seats for EJ communities - a small number as is - could be filled entirely or partially by “academics with knowledge” of these issues, rather than residents of communities with firsthand experience?
Alicia Dolce
54:10
To add onto Bernie’s comment, heat pumps will also address the goal in #1 to provide for more affordable heating and cooling for residents and businesses. Two for One!
Melissa Kops
55:08
Heat pumps are also healthier because they eliminate air pollution caused by onsite fossil fuel combustion.
Rose Croog
55:21
Q: In Section 3, what do you mean by "divest" 1% & 2% of building square footage? Will it be conveyed or converted to private ownership, or be put out of action? A: This includes buildings that are removed from the state’s portfolio and may include divestment outcomes such as building demolition or private purchase.
Francis Pickering
55:27
In the next couple years, new air conditioning technology with up to 80% energy reduction is expected to be commercialized -- shape metal alloys and desiccant liquid storage systems. There may be a role to accelerate their deployment.
Matthew Plourd
55:36
Assuming that community members are included on CEEJAC, will they be compensated for their time so that meaningful participation from EJ communities can be achieved?
Edith Pestana
56:42
With respects to representative from EJ communities the intent is to seek residents of ej communities to become members. The commissioner can appoint more than 3 members to the CEEJAC.
Rose Croog
58:18
Q: Can divested property across the state be retrofit to become affordable housing? A: Thank you for this suggestion.
Robert LaFrance
59:36
Who will be leading this effort?
Robert LaFrance
01:00:10
Thank you!
Robert Maddox
01:00:45
With Covid, we saw thousands of Connecticut residents reject science. I did not see any announced efforts to deal with the rejection of climate science. I would strongly encourage the administration to work to raise trust in state government, depoliticize climate and gain bi-partisan support for these and other actions.
Alicia Dolce
01:01:52
@Robert - Thoughtful observation and recommendation for the need to overtly depoliticize climate science and goals
Steven Wallett
01:01:54
Great presentation Rebecca. Thank you for all your work!
Christine O'Neill
01:01:57
Any chance you can give us a high-level overview of how this will impact municipalities? Seems like a lot of action is happening at the state level, in a few cases seems like training and programs/grants will be made available to munis?
Sena Wazer
01:02:19
How were deadlines for the different actions decided/are they in line with 45% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030?
Alana Langdon
01:02:40
Look forward to learning more about impact on advancing zero-emission transportation in the state.
Alicia Dolce
01:02:40
There were several questions raised in #1 that were not answered.
Susan Masino
01:02:53
100% agree on science, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary science. We cannot fix complex problems in silos which is why Science and Technology recommended "multisolving" as a central theme to help find optimal solutions.
Ann Frank Zitkus
01:03:14
The least costly way to address climate change and its impacts, is to preserve forests with old growth designation. Old Growth forests will maximize carbon sequestration, maximizing forest resiliance and diversity of species, and mitigate the terrible consequences of invasive species on our native vegetaiton necessary for our native species to survive.
Angel Serrano
01:03:43
Did a marketing company get funding for educating the public or other reasons?
lynne bonnett
01:04:50
Is there any way you could icorporate the need for standardized electric vehicle charging stations and providing access for residents to publicly charge their vehicles?
Gannon Long
01:05:17
PURA is doing extensive work on EV charging, Lynne
Susan Masino
01:05:59
100% Ann Frank Zitkus. There are many peer reviewed papers on this as well as a recent piece in The Hill by titans in the field, including the recently deceased scientist who founded the field of biodiversity, Thomas Lovejoy III https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/581612-us-forests-hold-climate-keys
Rose Croog
01:06:46
Q: How were deadlines for the different actions decided/are they in line with 45% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030? A: Related to GreenerGov interim targets in the climate EO, all of the new interim targets established in the climate EO were based off of modeling done to estimate the level of project deployment and associated costs of potential strategies needed to reach and/or exceed the goals set forth in EO 1.
Barbara DAVID
01:07:01
Wonderful presentation. Thank-you, Rebecca.
Rose Croog
01:07:11
The finalized methodology will be released on the GreenerGov CT website later this quarter.
Melissa Kops
01:07:12
The 2021 IECC is currently being reviewed. The draft is due out this month, but I think we are all wondering if this EO mandates them not to amend it down?
Kaitlyn Cyr
01:07:13
You can learn more about PURA’s EV Charging Program here: https://portal.ct.gov/pura/electric/office-of-utility-programs-and-initiatives/clean-energy-programs/electric-vehicle-charging-program
Angel Serrano
01:07:50
Can u address my question?
Wayne Cobleigh
01:08:05
Contractors will need FORTIFIED training if it becomes required in building code
Ann Frank Zitkus
01:08:09
DEEP Forestry Division's website and publications on Forest Management does not provide the negative consequences of timbering. Obviously some timbering necessary, but advocating for forest managment with a timbering perspective is allowing for disinformation to be commonly accepted. Forest ecologists should be providing forest management care provisions. Forest ecologists are looking out for the best health our of forests in substantial conflict with the advocacy of timbering which allows for invasive species spreading, less diverse forests, less resiliency, less species diversity.
Matthew Plourd
01:08:46
Thank you for this presentation Rebecca! I asked earlier in section 3: where can we access the methodology that resulted in those 1 & 2% divestment figures? (As well as other methodology that resulted in % targets throughout the EO)
Robert LaFrance
01:09:00
Thanks to all who put on this forum today -- extremely helpful!
Christine O'Neill
01:09:08
Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation, this has given me so much to think about!
Rose Croog
01:09:23
@Matthew Plourd, Q: In Section 3, what do you mean by "divest" 1% & 2% of building square footage? Will it be conveyed or converted to private ownership, or be put out of action? A: This includes buildings that are removed from the state’s portfolio and may include divestment outcomes such as building demolition or private purchase. The finalized methodology report will be released on the GreenerGov CT website later this quarter.
Allen Kratz
01:09:36
Very helpful presentation. Exciting work ahead.
Eric Hammerling
01:09:38
Really appreciate this overview, Rebecca. Thanks!
Susan Eastwood
01:09:53
Could you post a link for the newsletter sign up?
Cierra Patrick
01:10:03
Thank you!
Anne Hulick
01:10:05
Thank you Rebecca. Very encouraging! Agree w/ Gannon-dates of 2023 are excellent and eager to hear about goals for full implementation.
Nicholas Ross
01:10:06
Do people mean the IgCC, and not the IECC?
John Barnowski
01:10:09
Thanks to all of you who have been active developing GC3. I am only a bystander, involved with land conservation. I applaud this effort!
Susan Eastwood
01:10:30
Thanks so much! Very informative!
Ann Frank Zitkus
01:10:33
Check out the writing of Edward Moomaw, Edward Fiason and forest ecologists for their scientific perspectives on proper forest care practices which are essentially to leave forests alone, they can take care of themselves.
Alicia Dolce
01:10:34
Thank you for this review. Very helpful. Will these slides be available?
Amy Blaymore Paterson
01:10:40
Thanks for this overview. We look forward to outreach and implementation.
Alanis Allen
01:10:41
Climate Solutions Newsletter: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/j/19E73F2E0479003B
Angel Serrano
01:10:51
Any mention of Solar trees vs solar panels?
Matthew Plourd
01:11:11
Thank you Rose, I’ll look out for that on the site!
Diane Hoffman
01:11:31
We also need to protect and plant trees in our local communities to fight the heat island effect, reduce flooding, positively impact emotional and physical health etc. especially for vulnerable communities!
Nathan Frohling
01:11:33
Thanks so much!
Diane Hoffman
01:11:47
thanks!
Leticia Colon
01:11:50
Thoughtful observation and recommendation for the need to overtly depoliticize climate science and goals- people can't support what they KNOW nothing about... NADA in our communities. We also can not connect to solar as renters- buses drive 1.5 hrs each wasy with kids - equity would get funds to build capacity in POC communities- and would get info to and from the POC communities.
Kristen Coperine
01:11:54
Thanks!
Susan Masino
01:11:58
Regarding forests there was a recent episode of Disrupted that gave a pretty balanced approach.
Sena Wazer
01:11:59
Thank you for the information Dr. French!
Kristin Barendregt-Ludwig
01:12:14
Thank you!
Angel Serrano
01:12:27
what Leticia said
Angel Serrano
01:12:49
agree with Leticia